125th Edition – Zak World of Façades USA

This will be the 125th edition globally and the 1st edition in Washington DC which will showcase sustainable innovations and challenges in the construction industry pertaining to the building envelope and will also display latest technological solutions.

Speakers and Panelists
Associate Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)
John Jackson, AIA, is an Associate Principal with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc.’s (SGH’s) Building Technology group in the Washington, DC office. John graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with degrees in architecture and structural engineering and has more than...
Principal | Senior Project Architect, Page
Paul O’Connell RA, LEED AP, thinks architecture is about the user experience and shaping spaces that create exciting built environments. Faculty, researchers, and students each require a building that performs slightly differently while overlapping around a central academic function. Paul...
Principal | Senior Project Manager, Page
Sean Lyons is Page’s Academic and Housing Studio Director for the DC Office. With over 35 years of experience, Sean’s passion is to create an engaged design process that empowers clients to realize their project vision. He is an Architect...
Senior Executive, U.S. Federal Government
Angel A. Dizon III is a Senior Executive in the Federal Government responsible for 35M SF of Public Buildings home to 50,000 federal employees. He is focused on providing public platforms that represent the U.S. Government and have positive economic,...
EVP - Client Partnerships, Synergi
Jonathan Moorley is Executive Vice President of Client Partnerships for Synergi, a nationwide design-led fabricator and installer of complex feature stairs, windscreens and guardrails with 200+ feature stairs and several miles of guardrail/windscreen installed per year. Synergi uses a proprietary...
SVP Development, Jair Lynch Real Estate Partners
Ruth U. Hoang serves as Senior Vice President of Development where she oversees all company-sponsored real estate investment projects from inception to construction completion. Her responsibilities include master planning and entitlement strategy, ensuring design and construction excellence, adherence to project...
Principal, Buro Happold
Roger Chang, PE, has over two decades of building engineering experience and currently leads Buro Happold’s Washington DC office. He has significant experience with complex cultural, education, civic, and government projects, including two AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Top...
Senior Project Manager, MCN Build
Andy Doyle has over 40 years of construction industry experience. He skillfully manages projects with a clearly defined strategy while overseeing performance and encouraging team morale, from large-scale new construction projects to interior fit-outs. Andy maintains valuable working relationships with...
Development Associate, Skanska
Kahlil Francis is a Development Associate for Skanska USA Commercial Development, a division of Skanska AB (Stockholm, Sweden). He is the development lead for Skanska’s award-winning 334,000 square foot downtown D.C. office project, 17xM. A licensed architect, Kahlil utilizes his...
Senior Principal, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)
Brad Carpenter specializes in designing and integrating complex building enclosure systems—including roofing, waterproofing, air and water barriers, rain screen cladding, and glazing systems—to deliver efficient, constructible, and high-performing solutions to clients’ most demanding project challenges. As a Senior Principal with...
Quality Control Manager, Donohoe Construction Company
Mr. Feehely has over 28 years of experience in the construction industry in a variety of roles and project types. As Quality Control Manager, Mr. Feehely provides oversight and leadership of Donohoe’s Quality Control department. Before joining Donohoe, Mr. Feehely...
Principal and Director, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Since joining WJE in 1996, Daniel Lemieux has successfully completed hundreds of projects in the area of building enclosure failure investigation, repair design, and architectural rehabilitation, including projects that have been recognized nationally for design and restoration excellence. As the...
Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates
Since joining WJE in 1997, Ms. Driscoll has developed and/or served as Project Manager for a wide variety of projects including forensic investigation, repair document preparation and oversight during implementation, field performance testing, and building enclosure commissioning (BECx) on a...
Associate, ZGF
A project designer and project architect with ZGF, Chris Somma excels at evolving creative ideas into well-crafted, functional architecture. With a focus on maximizing design possibilities within real-world constraints, he guides complex projects from concept through implementation. In addition to...
Associate, ZGF
For Rebecca Pantschyshak, design is in the details. A Project Architect with ZGF, Rebecca is passionate about crafting details through all phases of design and documentation, technical coordination, and bringing design to life during construction. Rebecca bore broad responsibility for...
Manager | Building Envelope, DPR Construction
Thilo Wilhelmsen spent most of his 30+ year construction industry career focusing on highly complex exterior envelope systems. Prior to joining DPR as their Exterior Skin Expert, Thilo worked for international glazing contractors on some of the largest and complex...
Director, Morris Adjmi Architects
P. Christian Bailey, AIA, LEED AP, recently joined Morris Adjmi Architects as a Director, with over 25 years of architectural experience, most recently as the Founding Principal and Director of ODA Architecture. He has a proven record of success leading...
Senior VP of Design, Hoffman & Associates
Martiena Schneller determines design and quality standards across the Hoffman portfolio, utilizing her decade long experience in architectural and urban planning. Martiena has worked on several notable projects including all residential units, office buildings and entertainment venues at The Wharf....
Professional Engineer | Consultant, CDC
Laryssa Dilozir is a licensed Professional Engineer registered in TX, CT, MA, TN, and FL and currently working in the curtain wall and façade industry with a Masters of Engineering in Construction Engineering Management. Her undergraduate degree is a Bachelor’s...
Project Manager, Rafael Viñoly Architects
Jac Selinsky brings eight years of commercial and residential experience in design, construction documentation, and construction administration to Rafael Viñoly Architects. Jac’s interests include the development and documentation of complex enclosure systems including curtain walls, window walls, roofing, precast concrete,...
Director of Sustainability | Associate Principal, Perkins Eastman
In her role as Sustainability Specialist, Heather Jauregui is inspired by the intersections between wellness and sustainability, and believes that in order to truly move toward a more resilient society, we need to look at wellness of people and wellness...
Senior Associate Principal, KPF
Amanda Prins is a licensed architect with 12 years of experience designing commercial, academic, and urban planning projects in North American and the Middle East. She brings a detail-oriented and technical management approach to her projects, ensuring their success through...
Associate Principal, Thornton Tomasetti
Melissa Wong is an Associate Principal in Thornton Tomasetti’s Façade Engineering practice. Based in New York, she has been leading the design and construction of façade and enclosure systems from residential & commercial developments, to prominent institutions throughout the east...
President & CEO, Boston Valley Terra Cotta
John Krouse is a Ceramic Engineer and the CEO of Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, NY. Boston Valley specializes in the manufacturing of historic terra cotta replication, new construction and innovation in contemporary rain screen design and production....
Façade Manager, Cosentino North America
Brendan Mercier began with Cosentino in 2015 as an architect & design sales manager, selling multiple applications, including facades. In 2017 he took on additional responsibility as the façade application specialist in the Northeast region and in 2019 became the...
Principal, TECHNE
Sameer Kumar is a Principal of Techne. With over 20 years of experience as an architect and a façade specialist, Sameer has distinguished himself as an emergent leader at the nexus of architectural design, engineering, fabrication, and material and process...
Vice President | Building Enclosures National Practice Leader, WSP
Paul E. Totten is a Vice President at WSP and leads the Building Enclosures Division. He has over 25 years of experience in the fields of structural engineering, building enclosure design and commissioning, and building science. He has concentrated his...
Conference Agenda
  • Phase One of Amazon’s HQ2 at Metropolitan Park employs a single custom façade solution that harmonizes the 2.1 million SF project with its surrounding neighborhood while creating distinct identity on the Arlington skyline
  • The design team employed a single curtain wall system and a kit-of-parts approach capable of incorporating six primary façade types. The multitude of façade types helped the team scale down the buildings’ perceived mass while achieving unique identities across two towers
  • Materials including glazed terracotta, copper-colored perforated metal screen, dichroic glass, and color changing-coated metal fins all work together to shape a façade that is as iconic as it is high-performing
  • Discuss the challenges of mounting new façade systems, especially glazed systems to an existing building structure
  • Understanding the building science and detailing required for high end façades
  • How to make a vision reality by taking a different view and approach
  • Architectural terra cotta offers highly versatile shape, color, and finish options, ideal for traditional masonry and rainscreen systems, equally suited to precast construction
  • Terra cotta unitized facades can be a high-quality, sustainably efficient solution, lowering the overall global warming potential with long-lasting, durable performance and quicker installation
  • Collaboration early in the design process improves the probability of successful manufacture and installation of a unitized terra cotta precast system
  • From 1970s government building to modern mixed-use development
  • Replacing precast concrete skin with modern façade systems
  • Challenges during precon and construction and lessons learned
  • Sustainable façade design with a carbon neutral solution
  • Attachment methods for ventilated rainscreens and curtainwall integration
  • Design considerations related to meeting the performance, budget criteria and the design intent for a project
  • Offering visual relief within the DC grid, 17xM’s dynamic design fuses form, façade articulation, the use of natural materials and sustainable principles to create a future-forward workplace
  • Executing the developer's design vision through the country's leading architecture firms
  • Master planning the site using complementary massing of the buildings
  • Collaborating on the design process, finishes, construction challenges; lessons learned from Phase 1 of the megaproject

P. Christian Bailey

  • Overview of the recently completed E.A. Fernandez IDEA Factory at the University of Maryland
  • Learn about the dynamics of dichroic glass, the complex beauty of precast detailing, and the creative uses of simple glazing systems to create a signature destination for innovation and collaboration
  • Preparing for the onset of embodied carbon as a metric of success
  • The pursuit of “performance” in the context of the climate emergency
  • Emerging best practices and an evolving role of the design professional
  • The failure experienced with the installed system led to an initial study for review of the issue
  • In situ structural testing protocol was developed and implemented to determine how widespread the issue is
  • Coordination for remediation and replacement of the occupied building was completed

Heather Jauregui

  • Key elements of DC’s Clean Energy DC plan, and the role the Building Energy Performance Standards (BEPS) will play to support this
  • The role the envelope plays in delivering on energy/carbon goals for both new construction and existing buildings
  • Shared strategies to improve energy efficiency as it relates to façade design
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